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From the Branches: Fourth-line Mitch Marner

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If Marner gets a point while on the fourth line, does that mean he stays there?

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Leafs News

Mirtle: Why the Leafs are one of the NHL’s most improved teams | The Athletic
"I’ve been on the record for a while now calling 2016-17 Toronto’s stepping stone season, as in the year between bottoming out (last season) and making the postseason (next year). Based on everything we’ve seen from these Leafs this year, I think it’s safe to say that 85 points is a very reasonable assumption – and it might actually be a bit low."

Maple Leafs Can’t Catch a Break in the Standings | THW
"For the Leafs, what do they need to do to make a run? The easy answer that every Leafs fan knows is that they need to upgrade their defense." -- This is dramatic foreshadowing for Fulemin's piece tomorrow.

Success of Auston Matthews, presence of Coyotes growing sport in Southwest | NHL.com
"Like many kids, 10-year-old Zakhar Dorozhenko of Scottsdale, Arizona, has a poster of his idol on his bedroom wall. It's a colorful image of Auston Matthews in his Team USA uniform. It's even personalized with a note from Matthews, thanking Zakhar's father for his role in his success."

Maple Leafs' Mitch Marner: Gets assist, but goal drought at 10 games | CBS Sports
"Marner snapped a four-game point drought with a power-play assist in Sunday's 3-1 loss to Colorado."

Avalanche negate blow-out loss, take down Maple Leafs 3-1 | MHH
"The Colorado Avalanche got goals from important players and began the long process of erasing the memory of Saturday night’s embarrassing loss, beating the Toronto Maple Leafs on their home ice 3-1."

Game #27 Review: Colorado Avalanche 3 vs. Toronto Maple Leafs 1 | MLHS
"After stealing a game in Boston last night, the pendulum came full swung for the Toronto Maple Leafs versus Colorado on Sunday."
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Josh Leivo's return to Maple Leafs one step closer | Toronto Sun
"After a difficult first few months of the season spent almost entirely on injured reserve, conditioning with the Marlies or stuck in Lou Lamoriello limbo, the winger was pronounced ‘available’ by coach Mike Babcock on Sunday morning."

Holland out quickly | Toronto Sun
"Former Leaf centre Peter Holland did not have to travel far to join his new team. The Arizona Coyotes were headed east, playing in Pittsburgh on Monday and wouldn’t you know it, at the Air Canada Centre on Thursday."

Prominent Toronto hockey family feels forgotten | Toronto Sun
“The Conachers go back to turn-of-the-century Toronto,” said Brian. “My father was born in 1900, his mother came from just outside Dublin, Ireland, in 1876 and my Dad’s family came from Scotland. They lived in Cottingham Park, the boys attended Jesse Ketchum and played their way out of poverty.” — So is this the family of Cory and Shane? If so, why did nobody ask them where the heck Shane went?

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